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Cooperative polls peaceful in Erode district

Exercising her right: A member of the Erode Taluk Government Employees Thrift and Credit Society casting her ballot at the Society Office on Saturday.

Exercising her right: A member of the Erode Taluk Government Employees Thrift and Credit Society casting her ballot at the Society Office on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Govarthan

Staff Reporter

Election to Gobichettipalayam urban bank countermanded

ERODE: Countermanding of election to the Gobichettipalayam Cooperative Urban Bank was the only incident in the otherwise free and fair elections to cooperative bodies in the district on Saturday.

In the first spell of Phase I elections that saw 12 of the 81 primary cooperative bodies go to polls, Sub-Collector of Gobichettipalayam Ansul Mishra directed officials to postpone the elections following allegations of bogus voting.

Mr. Mishra said, “By afternoon a few members who alleged that their votes had been cast by others demanded that they be allowed to exercise their voting rights. Soon, when a few more members joined the protest, which led to a tense situation, we decided to postpone the election.”

Sources in the office of the Joint Registrar of Cooperatives, Erode, said the polling was stopped by 3 p.m. when 1,380 of 8,024 had been cast. Elsewhere in the district, the turnout was 54 per cent.

The turnout percentage at Primary Agriculture Cooperative Banks: Vilakethi 56.1, Thalavaipalayam 61.7, Ganapathipalayam 47.8, Mettupalayam 57.3, Nanjiampalayam 57.9, Ichipalayam 50.1, Muralichennampatti 65.1, Gobi Vellalapalayam 38.9, Mylampadi 35.9, and Periyapuliyur 59.7. In two employees thrift and credit societies - Erode Taluk Government Employees Thrift and Credit Society and Erode Panchayat Union Employees Thrift and Credit Society - the voter turnout was 89.4 and 83 per cent respectively.

In all, of the 15,334 members 8,242 had cast their votes by 5 p.m. There are 180 contestants in the fray for 84 posts. Each of the societies that have gone to poll will have seven directors or delegates.

Though 81 primary societies were scheduled to go to the polls, soon after the filing of nominations on July 2, ‘compromise’ was arrived at for 65 societies. And, for four bodies, elections were postponed on account of law and order problem. Only 12 societies went to the polls.

In the 65 societies where ‘compromise’ was arrived at, member-contestants of political parties and other contestants alleged that their nomination papers were rejected and only those of ruling party members were accepted. Political parties however rejected such allegations.

The second spell of polls will be held on July 11 for 81 societies.

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